Interview/Photos: Scottish Band Biffy Clyro Returns to the US With the Release of 'Only Revolutions'
It's no surprise that Biffy Clyro's fifth studio album, Only Revolutions, made many of the UK's "Best of 2009" lists. The Scotland-based trio has crafted an engrossing record that thoroughly rocks while remaining melodically intriguing. Today marks the release of Only Revolutions in the US, and it's sure to become a top pick here as well.
Last Friday, LAist sat down with lead singer/guitarist Simon Neil and twins Ben Johnston (drums/vocals) and James Johnston (bass/vocals) on the set of their new music video. We learned about today's release of Only Revolutions, its relationship to Mark Z. Danielewski's perpetually brilliant novel of the same name, what they love about LA, and their gigs this week at the Troubadour.
LAist: You're known for your masterful manipulation of time signatures. What's your favorite moment on the album—one where you change things up?
James Johnston: I'd say the riff in "That Golden Rule," which initially managed to baffle 16 of the best string players LA has to offer. It doesn't feel that strange to us now because we've played it for a long time, but it was really funny to watch a whole room of people melt down when they tried to work that one out.
Simon Neil: Yeah, that half-time riff is also my favorite, because the drums are so on it, and it just makes people want to bounce. We've often used weird rhythms to get people nodding along. But we also try to make something that can roll back around rather than just confusing people for the sake of it. It should still be musical and cohesive.